Flow’s Freshies: Products We’re Using, Testing and Loving

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Shimano M200 shoes

www.shimano.com.au, $229

‘Designed for the way you ride’ is Shimano’s tag line for their new trail/all-mountain/enduro shoes. What this actually means when you strip away the marketing speak, is that these shoes are built for the kind of riding that more and more people are getting into; the kind of riding where you might do a bit of walking up tricky slopes, where all-day comfort is a priority, where you’re more worried about the descents than the climbs. We’ve long been fans of Shimano’s AM45 downhill shoes, but they’re really a bit heavy and bulky for most rides, likewise we’re big fans of Shimano’s XC shoes but they generally don’t provide much grip or comfort when you’re walking or you miss a pedal entry. The new M200 shoes (and the less expensive M163) aim to hit a middle ground; they use Shimano’s new Torbal (Torsional Balance) system, which gives more flex through the toe and outsole, but plenty of stiffness under the ball of your foot. The aim is to make them more suitable for walking and offer more feel for aggressive riding, but preserve pedalling efficiency. The M200s also offer a great range of cleat positioning than previous Shimano shoes, and there’s loads of protection with raised ankle padding and a tough toe box.

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Reynolds 27.5 AM Carbon wheels

www.reynoldscycling.com, $2099

Reynolds may have more of a name for themselves on the road than in the dirt, but they do make a great range of hoops for mountain biking, including these carbon 27.5″ all-mountain fellas. We’ve been riding a lot of carbon wheels lately, and while the Reynolds AMs aren’t quite as wide as some at 31mm, they’re well up to spec in every other regard. We actually rode these same wheels on a Focus SAM last year (read the full review here) and loved them. Reynolds claim this is the strongest rim they’ve ever made, and the wheels are tubeless read with the addition of the supplied rim-tape. The modular axle system will fit any dropout combo conceivable too and the complete weight is just on 1660g on our scales. We’ll be popping these onto our Norco Range long-term test bike for a real flogging.

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Contour ROAM 3 camera

www.contouraustralia.com.au, $299.95

Contour have had a bit of an up and down ride in the market. Their sleek camera was one of the first to really challenge GoPro, but then things went a little quiet with rumours that the brand had gone belly-up. Not so, apparently! Contour are back with the ROAM3, a competitively priced and well-featured unit. We’ve always liked the slim, low-profile design of the Contour, and the slide-to-record button is easy to use with gloves on a bumpy trail. It does lag a little behind the latest GoPro in terms of frame rates, but the pricing is sharp, and that will appeal to many. We’ll be reviewing this fella shortly.

 

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Scott ARX Plus MTB MIPS helmet

www.scott-sports.com, $149.95

The real highlight of this new helmet from Scott is what lies beneath its black low-key exterior – the MIPS Brain Protection System. See the yellow liner? That’s MIPS – it’s a low-friction liner that is designed to allow your head to rotate relative to the helmet shell upon an angled impact, reducing the amount of shock transmitted to your brain. You can read more about MIPS here. Even if you don’t plan on head planting, this is a great helmet; our initial testing sitting in front of the computer reveals it to be very comfy and Micro Rotary Adjustment System doesn’t have any tight spots or pressure points like some. The pricing at $149 is a real bargain in our (MIPS protected) mind.

 

 

Video: Andreau Lacondeguy wins Rampage. Run Replay.

He had loads of momentum coming into Red Bull Rampage 2014, and Andreu Lacondeguy carried it through today’s final to take his first victory at the event.

After three fourth-place finishes in a row at Rampage, Lacondeguy must have been feeling on top of the world when he stood on the podium for the first time today.

Final Results

1. Andreu Lacondeguy 95.25
2. Cam Zink 89.50
3. Brandon Semenuk 89.25
4. Kyle Strait 89.00
5. Brett Rheeder 88.50
6. Kyle Norbraten 82.75
7. Jeff Herbertson 82.50
8. Brendan Fairclough 77.25
9. Paul Basagoitia 76.50
10. Mitch Chubey 76.25
11. Szymon Godziek 76.00
12. Kelly McGarry 73.25
13. Thomas Genon 71.50
14. Louis Reboul 70.75
15. Carson Storch 69.25
16. Pierre Edouard Ferry 67.50
17. Geoff Gulevich 66.00
18. Ramon Hunziker 37.75
19. Tom van Steenbergen 35.00
20. Mike Montgomery 24.00

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Video: Graham Agassiz Stomps Red Bull Rampage Qualifier by Going HUGE!

Some competitors can’t handle pressure. When they’re down to their last chance, focus disintegrates and mistakes happen. Today, in the final moments of the Red Bull Rampage qualifier,Graham Agassiz turned pressure into performance, nailing a unique and difficult line (watch it in the video above) to land at the top of the results.

Agassiz used his first competition run on Friday to go for a huge drop early in his line for the first time, and the results were disastrous. He learned what he needed to know about his approach to it, however, so he waited for run two for another chance.

Unfortunately, rain forced event organizers to put the qualifier on hold, and several athletes, including Agassiz, had to wait until Sunday to complete their second run. That’s a lot of time to think about the risks he’d be taking, but when it came time for Aggy to drop in, he aced his line and the venue erupted with cheers.

This marks the second year in a row Agassiz has qualified in the top position. Find out how he fares in the final by watching the webcast on the official Red Bull Rampage site on Monday, September 29, starting at 1:00 p.m. MT.

The enhanced webcast will feature live voting during each run, so you can vote for your favorites to help determine which rider will receive the Army National Guard People’s Choice award. Get involved in the action via live chat with fans around the world, and watch your favorite moments over and over with nearly instant online replays for each run.

Watch the finals live here tomorrow morning. http://rampage.redbull.tv

Video: Lacondeguy and Agassiz launch a 76-foot cliff drop!

 

When Graham Agassiz and Andreu Lacondeguy began building a lip-heavy line at Red Bull Rampage with heavy drops on each end, the rest of the field wondered how they would pull it off. Yesterday, they answered part of the question by sending a gigantic step-down, and they did it by pushing each other out of their comfort zones – watch it happen in the video above.

“Aggy is crazy!” says Lacondeguy about the Kamloops freerider after he sailed his bike 76 foot off the drop. High praise from a man who is world-renowned for going absolutely massive.

Sporadic wind and pre-game nerves played a big part in holding back the two marquee riders from hitting the drop, which leads into another step-down, and then to the Polaris RZR Moto Booter. While Lacondeguy is pre-qualified for finals on Sunday, Agassiz – who qualified in first place in 2013 but finished outside of the top 10 in the final – is required to ride in 2014 qualifiers today.

With uncharacteristic reserve, Lacondeguy took at least a dozen dry runs at the drop before committing, landing more or less where Agassiz did. For today’s qualifier, he’ll cheer Aggy on from the sidelines.

Watch Red Bull Rampage live on here: http://www.redbull.com/us/en/bike/events/1331676062973/red-bull-rampage-2014

Early Monday morning, it’s all happening.

 

Video: Kelly McGarry goes WAY too big

This is one of the craziest crashes we’ve seen in a long time… Kelly McGarry, the man who flipped the canyon gap at last year’s Red Bull Rampage, goes WAAAAY too big this year and explodes both his wheels in one clean sweep. Madness.

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Trek World Racing Stories Episode 1.4

Trek World Racing releases the 4th instalment of STORIES for 2014.

The World Championships in Norway will be remembered for many things, but without doubt, Neko Mulally’s chainless run to 4th place will go down in history as a truly remarkable achievement. Hear Neko in his own words after the race, it’s an amazing story.

Laurie Greenland takes to the podium twice in this video, once in Méribel for the World Cup finals, and then he takes silver at the World Championships in Junior DH. Brook Macdonald is back firing on all cylinders and takes 5th at the Worlds while Greg Williamson scores yet another Top 10 for the team in World Cup racing.

Video: Got Anything Steeper?

Johannes Pistrol rides the Steinerne Rinne from Goinger Halt, July 2014.

The upper section from the summit down to the upper rinne is relatively straight forward, albeit slightly exposed.

The lower section contains the hardest and the most futuristic riding. Johannes didn’t clear all sections but this attempt is the most I have seen ridden so far.

Mick Hannah to mentor future MTB stars at AIS Development Camp

Mountain Bike Australia (MTBA) is excited to announce that downhill superstar Mick Hannah will be attending the 2014 Australian AIS Development Camp from 10-13 October, to act as a mentor and assistant coach.

“Sik Mik” Hannah is one of Australia’s leading downhill riders with countless wins at both national and world cup level.

Mick will be providing expert advice and experience surrounding skill development, training, and competition and said he is excited about the chance to work with the next round of Aussie Mountain Bike stars.

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“I love our sport and it’s growing a lot at the moment.”

“The level here in Australia is getting better and better and I’m excited to have the chance to lend my experience towards that development.”

The Camp will be utilising a combined downhill & cross country format, targeting the development of U17 & U19 riders who have State, National or International racing aspirations for 2015.

For all of the details, or to register for the opportunity to learn from Australia’s leading MTB Coaches, please click here.

Please note, registrations are limited and will close on 30 September unless sold out prior.

 

Port To Port MTB Returning in 2015, Bigger and Better

Registrations have now opened for the 2015 Port to Port MTB, returning to the Newcastle region across the newly announced dates of Thursday 28 – Sunday 31 May, 2015.

Following on from the success of the inaugural event held earlier this year, which saw 300 recreational and professional riders participate, Port to Port MTB is quickly reaching the heights of sister event, Cape to Cape MTB in Western Australia, the largest event of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere.

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The new dates were announced this morning at the event’s official launch, attended by the Lord Mayor of Cessnock, and representatives of Newcastle City Council, Shimano Australia and other event partners. The launch was hosted by popular decorating duo Maxine and Karstan from Channel 9’s THE BLOCK: GLASSHOUSE who donned special riding gear for the day to celebrate.

Event Director Chris Heverin said he was thrilled to launch the 2015 Port to Port MTB. “We were delighted by the positive response from those who participated earlier this year in our inaugural event. With exciting new course alignments that will include a special stage at Awaba National Forest and a Sundown Shootout for the elite riders in the Hunter Valley on the Friday, an update to the timing system and an even better rider experience, we look forward to welcoming everyone back to Newcastle and the Hunter with your game face on, support team by your side and sporting your best game face,” he said. NSW Deputy Premier and Minister for Tourism and Major Events Andrew Stoner said he looks forward to welcoming participants from around the country and the world to Newcastle and The Hunter in NSW for the second Port to Port MTB. “This year’s Port to Port MTB was very well received, delivering a significant economic benefit to the local community.

 

The NSW Government is proud to have secured the event from 2014 to 2016 through our tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW”. “The event showcases this magnificent region of NSW to an international audience, with competitors traversing idyllic beaches, picturesque wine country, and forest trails over four action-packed days of competition,” Mr Stoner said.

The Port to Port MTB begins at the tranquil Nelson Bay Marina, where riders are greeted by four days of exciting single track, fire trails, testing hill climbs and steep descents through Cessnock, the Hunter Valley, Lake Macquarie and Newcastle Region. One of the features of the 2015 event will be the Crowne Plaza Sundown Shootout in the picturesque Hunter Valley Property. This exclusive event will be a fast-paced mountain bike spectacular, consisting of a 2km time trial for the top one hundred riders that starts in the newly built Lovedale Brewery and winds around the iconic golf course.

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For riders not competing in the Crowne Plaza Sundown Shootout, this will be the best chance to enjoy the hospitality and witness Australia’s best Mountain Bike riders up-close in action. Registrations for the 2015 Port to Port MTB are now open.

Visit our website at www.porttoportmtb.com for more information on the event.

Visit the Port to Port MTB YouTube channel to view the 2014 Port to Port MTB documentary.

Race the 2015 joBerg2c in South Africa: Exclusive Flow Package Deals

Entries closing soon! 

‘Life changing’ isn’t a term you hear bandied about much in mountain biking, but than again, there’s not much in mountain biking quite like the joBerg2c.

Old Mutual Joberg2C 2014 Stage 5 Winterton to Kamberg

This 900km race, across four provinces of South Africa, is one of the most phenomenal experiences you can have on your mountain bike. For nine-days, you ride, camp and compete with hundreds of other passionate mountain bikers, passing through more than 100 working farms in staggeringly beautiful terrain. Learn more about the race here, or view the entire route.

Old Mutual Joberg2C 2014 Stage 8 Mackenzie Club to Jolivet

We feel this awe-inspiring event fits well with the ethos of Australian mountain bikers – adventure, mateship and endurance. That’s why Flow Mountain Bike, together with Game On Sports and Travel, has put together two all-inclusive packages for Australian riders to experience the joBerg2c in 2015.

Old Mutual Joberg2C 2014 Stage 6 Kamberg to Underberg

Riding overseas can be a logistical headache, but with these two exclusive packages, we’ve taken the uncertainty and complication out of the picture. From race entry, to internal ground and air transfers, bike transport, accommodation, massages, meals and more, every base is covered; you worry about enjoying the experience (and maybe your legs!), we handle the rest.

Read on, rally a mate or two, and make 2015 a year you will never forget.

Full package pricing is below, or for more information contact: Ryan Hillary – [email protected]

 

[divider]Ride and fly package[/divider]

For riders who want the smoothest possible Joberg2c race experience, with ample time to prepare and recover either side of the event itself. Includes pre and post-event accommodation and meals, ground and air transfers, daily massages and more.

22 April – 3 May, 2015

22-Apr

  • Arrival at Tambo International Airport
  • Meet and greet by Game On Sports and Travel
  • Transfers to Garden Court Hotel, Sandton City
  • Group check in at Garden Court Hotel
  • 2 nights accommodation on D, B&B Basis
  • 2 nights dinner vouchers at Nelson Mandela Square

23-Apr

  • Breakfast Garden Court Hotel
  • Transfers to Kingsmead College for Joberg2c registration
  • Bike box/bag drop-off (bike boxes will be transported to the race finish)
  • Dinner at Nelson Mandela Square

24-Apr

  • Early morning breakfast
  • 05:00 departure from Garden Court Hotel, Sandton City to Joberg2c Start – Heidelberg
  • 05:45 Drop off at Joberg2c Start.
  • 08:00 Joberg2c begins!
  • Riders in hands of Joberg2c event organisers for the nine day race duration
  • Daily 30-minute massage pre-booked per rider!

2-May

  • Post-race, report to Game On Sports and Travel tent at the finish line
  • Bike bags returned to riders to pack bikes and accessories into
  • Transfers to Riverside Hotel, Durban
  • 1 nights accommodation on twin share, B&B basis
  • Dinner voucher Mojo’s Restaurant at Riverside Hotel

3-May

  • Breakfast, Riverside Hotel – Morning leisure time
  • Transfers to King Shaka International Airport
  • Economy class flight to OR Tambo International Airport
  • Connect for international return flight, early evening departure

Cost per rider: R37700 (approx $3700AUD), including race entry (valued at R18,200 / approx $1800AUD)

 

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The Ride and Safari package includes all the elements above, but with the addition of a luxury game safari. The perfect package for riders who want to experience a little more of what South Africa has to offer, outside of the event itself.

22-Apr

  • Arrival at Tambo International Airport
  • Meet and greet by Game On Sports and Travel
  • Transfers to Garden Court Hotel, Sandton City
  • Group check in at Garden Court Hotel
  • 2 nights accommodation on D, B&B Basis
  • 2 nights dinner vouchers at Nelson Mandela Square

23-Apr

  • Breakfast Garden Court Hotel
  • Transfers to Kingsmead College for Joberg2c registration
  • Bike box/bag drop-off (bike boxes will be transported to the race finish)
  • Dinner at Nelson Mandela Square

24-Apr

  • Early morning breakfast
  • 05:00 departure from Garden Court Hotel, Sandton City to Joberg2c Start – Heidelberg
  • 05:45 Drop off at Joberg2c Start.
  • 08:00 Joberg2c begins!
  • Riders in hands of Joberg2c event organisers for the nine day race duration
  • Daily 30-minute massage pre-booked per rider!

2-May

  • Post-race, report to Game On Sports and Travel tent at the finish line
  • Bike bags returned to riders to pack bikes and accessories into
  • Transfers to Riverside Hotel, Durban
  • 1 nights accommodation on twin share, B&B basis
  • Dinner voucher Mojo’s Restaurant at Riverside Hotel

3-4 May

  • Breakfast at Riverside Hotel
  • Mid-morning transfers to Nambiti Big 5 Game Reserve, Ladysmith
  • 2 night luxury accommodation at Springbok Lodge/Elephant Rock Lodge/Nambiti Hills Lodge (valued at R4000 per day)
  • All meals and two game drives per day at game reserve

5-May

  • Morning game drive followed by breakfast
  • Check out & Cheetah Sanctuary interaction
  • Group transfers from Nambiti Big 5 Game Reserve to Garden Court Hotel, Sandton City
  • Check in at Garden Court Hotel, Sandton City on twin share, B&B basis
  • Dinner Voucher Nelson Mandela Square

6-May

  • Breakfast ant Garden Court Hotel
  • Morning leisure time
  • Bikes delivered to hotel around 11am
  • Afternoon transfers to OR Tambo International Airport
  • Early evening international departure

Cost per rider (twin share): R44400 (approx $4400AUD), including race entry (valued at R18200 / approx $1800AUD)

Old Mutual Joberg2C 2014 Stage 9 Jolivet to Scottburgh

Flow’s Freshies: Products we’re using, testing or loving

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Bontrager TLR FLASH Charger pump

www.bontrager.com

$189

Getting a tubeless tyre to bead is all about filling it with a lot of air, quickly. Sometimes an ordinary track pump is up to the job, but often it’s not, meaning you’ll need to find a compressor to get your tyre to bead. Bontrager have come up with a killer solution with the new FLASHCharger pump. It’s a pretty simple concept (and truth be told, we’ve actually had a crack at making something very similar ourselves in the past!). You pump air into a large volume, high-pressure air chamber using a regular track pump arrangement. Then simply lift the red lever and all that stored pressure is released in one big hit, snapping the bead of your tubeless tyre into place! Bloody. Good. Idea. You can then top up the air using the pump as a regular track pump. It’s a lot bigger and heavier than a standard track pump, but heaps more convenient than a compressor or sweating like a mad bastard with a standard track pump. Product of the year?

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Northwave Scorpius SRS shoes

www.northwave.com

$149.95

Brighter than Steven Hawkins love child, the very orange Northwave Scorpius SRS have the kind of looks normally reserved for mega-dollar shoes but at a sensible price point of just $149.95. They’re supremely well ventilated throughout, and with a thermoplastic sole, our initial impressions are that they’re super stiff. Closeur is via twin Velcro straps and a ratcheting buckle. The slim buckles are replaceable should you tear one off. There’s precious little stitching to be found on the shoe, with all the seams thermo-welded as well, which is always a plus for durability.

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Crank Brothers Mallet 2 pedals

www.crankbrothers.com

$109.95

The Mallet pedal is what happens when you take Crank Brothers’ legendary Egg Beater pedal and downhill-ify it. It features the same four-sided, simple, mud-shedding jaws as the Egg Beater, but encapsulates them in an aluminium and polycarbonate body. There are four models in the Mallet line up, and coming in at a very reasonable $109, the Mallet 2 runs a chromoly axle and weighs in at 440g/pair. The brass cleats give you a smooth entry/exit even in crappy conditions, and six grub screws per side add some traction should you miss an entry. We’ll be giving these a proper test over the next few months.

 

Video: Red Bull District Ride – The Doco

The world’s best 24 riders performed an incredible array of mind-blowing tricks to amp up the 62,000 live spectators. For 2 days, Nuremberg’s historic city centre turned into a boiling pot for extreme mountain biking. The crowds witnessed the first ever Tsunami Flip in a MTB contest as well as a head-to-head battle until the last minute.

But what’s behind bringing a massive freeride course to the streets of a European metropolis? Who are the people that work so hard to ensure the athletes can throw down those breathtaking tricks? And what do the pros get up to when they are not practicing or competing?

Over several weeks, Lukas Tielke (a.k.a Peoplegrapher) took his RED EPIC DRAGON behind the scenes to portray the Red Bull District Ride. In this 10 minute documentary you’ll witness amazing cinematography surrounding the course that sprung from 100km of wood enough screws to circle the city. Epic shots with great tunes, sit back and enjoy the show:

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Fresh Product: Pearl Izumi 2015 Gear Highlights

Pearl Izumi, the plush apparel guys with the weird name are big in Japan, huge in The States, and is now growing in presence on our shores with new kit like what we see here.

Shimano Australia are ramping it up for 2015 with their distribution of Pearl Izumi. What caught our eye from the new range was a couple pairs of shoes using BOA dials and some new styling loose fitting kit. Check it out.

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Flow popped by the Young Henrys Brewery in Newtown, Sydney’s inner west to touch and feel the new Pearl Izumi range on display.
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LTD Jersey, a cross between a tight cross country and a looser fitting trail jersey, this good looker is on our wish list. $125, in a yellow option too.
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The Summit Short, baggy stretchy and water resistant. You want these shorts when the trails are moist. $155 for these guys, also in black.
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The premium shoe from Pearl Izumi, the X-Project 1.0 weighs only 340g in size 43. Uses two Boa reel dials for closure. All for a big $399.
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Two Boa reel dials and a specific amount of flex engineered into the carbon sole to help walking.
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The X-Project 2.0 shoe for $329 scores a bit more cushion in the sole for comfort and a velcro/Boa enclosure.
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Pearl Izumi soles are all about the right amount of flex up at the toe for walking, without compromising the stiffness need for pedal efficiency.
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Cheers, Shimano folks. Size 42 in test shoes please…

Flow Riding Kit Now Available!

Ride with Flow, with our two new jerseys, now available at Flow Mart.

Produced by Champion System, Flow jerseys are available in two styles; there’s the get-loose Trail jersey ($75), or a keep-it-tight-and-fast Full-Zip race jersey ($99).

Jump on over to Flow Mart for all the details. Shipping across Australia is totally free, and we’ll even chuck in a Flow Nation DVD, featuring some of the best riding across Australia, and a Flow sticker!

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Video: Michael Ronning on the 2015 Giant Reign

You’ve been previously on the Trance SX, right?

MR: Yeah, I have been riding the Giant Trance SX and a Trance Advanced 0 with a 160mm fork, now I’m on the Giant Reign 2, it’s one of the first Reign models to be available. I have modified mine to a SRAM 1×11 drivetrain. I’ll be riding the Reign 2 until till the other models arrive, perhaps a carbon one… I can’t believe how good it is, I knew it would be rad descending on the Reign and bombing rough stuff, but how well it pedals and climbs for a full 160mm front and rear travel and 65 degree head angle is astounding.

What are your highlights of the new Reign so far?

MR: Trail shredding, but still a super capable climber and pedaler. I like the way it comes standard with a RockShox Pike, the RockShox Monarch rear shock with the DebonAir air can, big 200/180mm disc rotors, a 50mm stem and super-wide 800mm bars. Its comes ready to party. New fave bike for sure!!

What trails are you riding in this video?

MR: A trail called “Old Tambo” up on Mt Tambourine on the Gold Coast, QLD.  Its and old DH trail that we built back in the late 90’s with Chris Kovarik, Joel Panozzo, Scott Sharples and Mal Dalton etc. The council have recently rebuilt it, how good is that!

Those long tracking shots, is that your old ‘upside down razor scooter on a rope’ cable cam from Mudcows filming you?

MR: Haha yeah similar, just a home made cable cam that Rusty Taylor (AMC camera man) and myself came up with, it works a treat….more to come!!

 

Video: Nomadic Dreams

After years of making films in Nepal we decided to have a holiday and switch it up! So after the kind invitation of our friend Christopher Giercke who owns the Genghis Khan Polo Club we went off to the wilds of Mongolia.

We went searching for singletrack as all mountain bikers do, but we found something else. We found a nomadic culture where the horse rules, a beautiful peaceful land with no visible boundaries, and a past of great warriors and vast empires that echo’s all around you. We found our Nomadic Dreams.

Riding by Tangi and as always support from Commencal. We don’t organise trips to Mongolia but if you’d like to mountain bike in Nepal check out enduromtbnepal.com

 

Big Alpine Enduro at the Trans-Savoie

Another year, another amazing event. Over 100 racers of all ages, from world and national champions through to weekend warriors, completed the gruelling Trans-Savoie all-mountain adventure race this August and lived to tell the tale. The statistics speak for themselves: 25,000m of descending over six days, up to eight hours of timed enduro stages for the racers at the back of the field, all wrapped into a spectacular, epic journey across the stunning Alpine Savoie region in France. The event couldn’t happen without an amazing crew of staff and volunteers, and this year over 35 people worked tirelessly to keep the racers safe and comfortable.

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The Trans-Savoie truly levels-the-playing-field between the technically brilliant, the athletically fit, and the mindful strategist, and, unsurprisingly, a seasoned, world-class EWS racer took the victory. New Zealand rider, Jamie Nicoll, managed to safely pilot his Polygon machine to a rapid winning time just shy of four hours overall, gaining in strength and speed as the week wore on. Scottish pinner, Gary Forrest (WTB), ended up 8 minutes further back with countryman, Nash Masson (Bothy Bikes), riding into an excellent third place as a senior category rider. In the women’s competition Lisa Curry (Gallatin Alpine Sports) stormed the field in a time just under 5 and a half hours, with Rachel Gurney (Flare/Enduro MTB) and Alice Flower behind. Lisa described her Trans-Savoie experience as simply, “By far one of the greatest things I’ve ever done”.

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Highlights of the week, aside from the unbelievable trails themselves, included former DH World Champion, Steve Peat, throwing down some awesome stage times on the first two days and the sheer joy of the entire field at the some of the scenery and trails – witnessed at the finish of stages like ‘Loam Ranger’ at the end of Day Four in Meribel. 

We’ll be back for more in 2015, but, for now, enjoy our final recap video of this year’s epic event with tons of unseen footage and action from the awesome Savoie singletrack.

Full results here:

http://www.sportident.co.uk/results/2014/Trans-Savoie/

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Rescheduled Australian Mountain Bike Series Dates Announced

Mountain Bike Australia (MTBA) wishes to announce some adjusted dates and details for the 2014-15 Subaru Australian Mountain Bike Series and the 2015 Oceania Mountain Bike Championships.

The 2015 Oceania Championships, in conjunction with the final round of the Subaru National Series, has been rescheduled and will now be held from 26 February to 1 March, 2015.

The Oceania Championships were initially announced in July this year, with the Subaru Australian Series announced in early August.

The subsequent announcement a month later of the Crankworx festival to be held in Rotorua, New Zealand on the same weekend as the Oceania Championships caused a scheduling conflict in the Oceania region.

On becoming aware of the conflict, MTBA initiated discussions immediately with all parties involved, including the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), the Oceania Cycling Confederation (OCC), Crankworx, BikeNZ, Rotorua Council and Toowoomba Council.

Further to the Oceania Championships date change, the planned event at Mt Stromlo in the ACT during February will not go ahead as potential dates are not available as part of a series of date adjustments to allow the best possible overall outcome to occur.

Unfortunately it was not possible to add a multi-discipline round due to the very crowded major Gravity event calendar in early 2015.

Significant effort was invested by all to work towards the best outcome for riders and fans.

Unfortunately, it was not possible for the Crankworx festival to adjust their announced date.

A large number of alternate options were considered, including many that were suggested by the mountain bike community.

The concept of positioning the Oceania Championships immediately before or after the Crankworx event to allow international riders to participate in both races was seriously considered but unfortunately it was not logistically possible, nor did such options align well with the start of the 2015 UCI World Cup schedule.

MTBA would like to especially thank the Victorian Downhill Series and Event Management Solutions Australia for their cooperation in rescheduling their own events to make the overall changes possible.

The primary objective of the process was to ensure fairness to all riders and give as many people as possible the opportunity to participate and spectate at all of the major events in the Oceania region in 2015.

The season for 2016 will go ahead as announced and in consideration for cooperation from MTBA in regard to 2015 dates, New Zealand organisations have agreed to work around our already announced and further expanded 2016 National Season.

Further, these discussions have further opened channels of communication between both countries and Australia and New Zealand organisations have agreed to meet regularly to ensure coordinated scheduling for major events in the region in the future.

Mr Shane Coppin, CEO of MTBA, worked with all stakeholders on the change.

“It was a challenging situation, but after significant discussions including several meetings in New Zealand, we have reached the best possible outcome for all parties.

“The newly announced Subaru Australian Mountain Bike Series and Oceania Championships present our riders with an excellent season of high quality racing.

“The removal of the date conflict with the Crankworx festival will also allow our riders and spectators to attend that event as it ventures into the Southern Hemisphere for the very first time”.

Ms Tracey Gaudry, President of Oceania Cycling Confederation and Vice President Union Cycliste Internationale, expressed her thanks to all parties involved.

“Mountain Bike is a great cycling discipline which continues to grow in popularity worldwide, and in the Oceania region. The new date for the Oceania MTB Championships confirms it as a priority event for MTB riders in this region aiming to peak early in the season where they can gain valuable UCI points in the lead up to the 2015 UCI World Cup series.”

 

Detailed information on all events will be available shortly via www.mtba.asn.au

 

2014/15 Series and Championships

2014-2015 Subaru Australian Mountain Bike Series

12th – 14th Dec 2014 – You Yangs, VIC – DHI, XCO, XCE
24th – 25th Jan 2015 – Pemberton, WA – XCO (Double-header – two rounds – one each day)
6th – 8th Feb 2015 – Thredbo, NSW – DHI
26th Feb – 1st Mar 2015 – Toowoomba, QLD – DHI, XCO, XCE – In assoc. w/ ‘15 Oceania Championships

Note: All National Series rounds will be UCI Cat 2 events

 

2015 Subaru Australian Mountain Bike Championships

12th – 15th Mar 2015 – Bright, VIC – DHI, XCO, XCE, Trials

 

2015 Oceania Mountain Bike Championships

26th Feb – 1st Mar 2015 – Toowoomba, QLD – DHI, XCO, XCE

 

2015/16 Series and Championships

2015-2016 Subaru Australian Mountain Bike Series

13th – 15th Nov 2015 – Adelaide, SA – DHI
27th – 29th Nov 2015 – You Yangs, VIC – DHI, XCO, XCE
11th – 13th Dec 2015 – Mt Stromlo, ACT – DHI, XCO, XCE
23rd – 24th Jan 2016 – Pemberton, WA – XCO (Double-header – two rounds – one each day)
5th – 7th Feb 2016 – Thredbo, NSW – DHI, XCO, XCE
4th – 6th Mar 2016 – Toowoomba, QLD – DHI, XCO, XCE

Note: All National Series rounds will be either UCI Cat 1 or Cat 2 events

 

2016 Subaru Australian Mountain Bike Championships

17th – 20th Mar 2016 – Bright, VIC – DHI, XCO, XCE, Trials

Video: The Best World Champs Downhill Ever

In what has been an incredible year for downhill racing there’s no doubt we witnessed one of the best ever World Championships  in Hafjell.

A chainless run from Neko Mulally astounded everyone by topping the men’s standings for a short time while Josh Bryceland seemingly snatched defeat from the jaws of the victory by overcooking the last bridge jump as he threatened to beat the leading time of Gee Atherton. In the end, Gee Atherton and Manon Carpenter took the World titles with the British team enjoying a 1-2 in elite men and a 1-2-3 in the elite women.

The boys from Orpheus Productions bring you the best of the action from an exciting finale to the 2014 season.

Brosnan Storms to Bronze at World Mountain Bike Championships

Troy Brosnan (SA) conquered a demanding course in Hafjell, Norway to collect his first World Championship Downhill medal since moving up to the Elite category.

Racing was spectacular on the sixth and final day of the 2014 UCI Mountain Bike & Trials World Championships in Hafjell, Norway.

Elite Men 

The story of the day for the Australian men would be the ride that was for Brosnan and the ride that could have been for Sam Hill (WA).

Early racing saw Graeme Mudd (NSW), Bryn Atkinson (NSW) and Jack Moir (NSW) spend time on the coveted World Championship hotseat as the fastest riders at that point of the day.

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Graeme Mudd
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Jack Moir
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Mick Hannah

Hill, a former triple Elite Downhill World Champion (‘06, ‘07, ‘10), knows both the glory of the win and the tragedy of defeat on a winning run, having crashed in the final stages when leading the 2008 World Championships.

He was the 9th-last rider to start and was on the fastest run of the day by over 3 seconds when he would come to grief with a massive crash in the final rock garden.

Amazingly he was able to get back on the bike and race to the finish placing 26th, and while it seemed likely, he will never know whether his run would have been good enough to take the title.

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Sam Hill, devastated!

Brosnan was the last Australian standing, as he has often been in the 2014 season, and he was the second-last rider of the 2014 Mountain Bike and Trials World Championships.

A steady start saw him in 10th place at the first time-split, and like Hill before him, he chose the extremely difficult inside line in the second rock garden and reaped the rewards moving up to 3rd place by the second time-split.

Brosnan into 3rd.
Brosnan into 3rd.

He would pick up one more place on the final section to sit in overall second place behind Great Britain’s Gee Atherton with only Josh Bryceland, also of Great Britain, left to race.

Bryceland was the 2014 World Cup Series winner, and he had an amazing run but landed heavily sustaining an injury on a finish-straight jump, his time still being good enough to just pass Brosnan and move into second place.

This left Atherton as the 2014 World Champion, and Brosnan to take away Bronze as his first Elite World Championship medal.

Also riding for Australia was Mick Hannah (QLD) who finished off the pace after a crashing awkwardly out of a fast berm.

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Bryn Atkinson into 18th.

Missing today from the action was Brosnan’s junior-days friend and rival Connor Fearon (SA), who crashed heavily in his final practice run and required medical attention.

Elite men's podium, minus Josh Bryceland due to injury.
Elite men’s podium, minus Josh Bryceland due to injury.


Elite Female

Tracey Hannah (QLD) excelled in Norway today to take out 4th place in the Elite Women’s Downhill World Championships.

Hannah was the 2006 Junior World Champion and has had a long career with many outstanding results, finishing this year as the 4th ranked rider in the World Cup Series.

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Tracey Hannah, 4th.

She has twice finished on the World Championship podium in 3rd place (‘07 & ‘13) and is the reigning 6-time National Champion.

As the third last rider to start in Hafjell, Hannah had a strong clean run on Championship day, showing a great mix of power and excellent line selection in the treacherous rock gardens.

Her run would at the time put her into second place behind Tahnee Seagrave (Great Britain) who would ultimately finish 3rd.

Two riders remained, Manon Carpenter and Rachel Atherton, both of Great Britain.

2014 has been the breakthrough year for Carpenter and today she displayed a flawless ride to go on to take her first Elite World Championship title.

Atherton almost crashed on her run and ultimately missed out by the narrowest of margins (.088s) to place second.

Hannah will now return this week for follow-up surgery from a serious crash in 2012.


Downhill Results – 2014 World Mountain Bike Championships  

Elite Male
1. Gee Atherton (GBR) 3:23.769
2. Josh Bryceland (GBR) +0.407
3. Troy Brosnan (SA)    AUS +0.566

10. Jack Moir (NSW) +3.831
18. Bryn Atkinson (NSW) +6.204
26. Sam Hill (WA) +9.187
41. Graeme Mudd (NSW) +12.678
81. Michael Hannah (QLD) +45.366
DNS Connor Fearon (SA)

Elite Female
1. Manon Carpenter (GBR)  3:49.407
2. Rachel Atherton (GBR)   +0.088
3. Tahnee Seagrave (GBR) + 3.463
4. Tracey Hannah (AUS)

Tegan Molloy, Junior Downhill World Champ!

Tegan Molloy (NSW) has won the World Champion crown in the Junior Women’s category of the Downhill UCI Mountain Bike and Trials World Championships in Hafjell, Norway.

After qualifying 3rd fastest on Friday, the reigning Australian Champion today was untouchable on her way to the title.

Molloy leapt onto the world stage in 2013 with a Bronze Medal at the Pietermaritzburg World Championships.

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Congratulations, Tegan!

She carried this form into 2014 and has been the standout junior female on the UCI World Cup Series, with five World Cup wins from seven races on the way to being crowned the overall 2014 World Cup Series winner.

On race day, Molloy was the first rider down the tough Hafjell course.

The course terrain throws the perfect mix of challenges at riders including untamed rock gardens, flowing berms, high speed runs and large jumps.

Compared to seeding, Molloy was the fastest junior woman of the week at every time-check, and her time of 4:16.816 would put her in the hot seat.

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Tegan Molloy on fire, winning the World Champs!

A nervous wait would then take place as she watched the remaining riders in the field descend out of the forest and through the finish arch.

Her time would hold up today and she took the win by a significant 6.225s, earning the World Championship title and the right to wear the prestigious UCI rainbow stripes.

The 18 year old hails from the hills of Jindabyne and trains at Thredbo, an iconic destination in the sport in Australia for over 20 years.

The french pair of Viktoria Gimenez and Marine Caribou would ultimately win Silver and Bronze respectively.

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Junior Men

The day for our Junior Men would belong to Max Warshawsky (QLD) who raced strongly to spend time in the hotseat and finish just one step off the podium in 4th place.

Six Australian junior riders started today’s finals with Matthew McCorkell (ACT) withdrawn due to an injury in seeding.

Warshawsky, 18 years of age from Mooloolah in Queensland will never forget his maiden World Championships.

Max Warshawsky, top Aussie junior in 7th place.
Max Warshawsky, top Aussie junior in 4th place.

He had a solid, clean run today that was the fastest at the time (3:37.721) and earned a long stint in the World Championships hotseat.

He would ultimately be replaced by Jacob Dickson of Ireland who would go on to finish third in 3:36.384.

Aiden Varley (VIC) also had a great day following up on a strong seeding time to finish his Championship race inside the top ten in 7th place (3:41.341).

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Aiden Varley, 7th place.

Andrew Crimmins (NSW) is the reigning National Junior Champion and was Australia’s highest-ranked junior male leading into finals day.

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Andrew Crimmins into 17th after a disappointing crash.

Today wasn’t to be his day with a crash during his race run seeing one of the pre-race favourites finish 17th.

Also representing Australia were Benjamin Dengate (ACT) who finished 19th, Jackson Davis (WA) finishing 21st and Ben Hill (TAS) 41st.

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Ben Dengate

The Junior Mens’ World Championship title would be won by Loris Vergier of France (3:29.090), with Great British rider Laurie Greenland (3:34.080) in second.

Junior Downhill Results – 2014 World Mountain Bike Championships
Junior Women
1. Tegan Molloy (AUS) 4:16.816
2.  Viktoria  Gimenez (FRA) + 6.225
3.  Marine Cabirou  (FRA) +28.314

Junior Men
1. Loris Vergier (FRA) 3:29.090
2. Laurie Greenland (GBR) 3:34.080, +4.990
3. Jacob Dickson (IRL) 3:36.384, +7.294

4. Max Warshawsky (QLD) +8.631
7. Aiden Varley (VIC) +12.251
17. Andrew Crimmins (NSW) +16.385
19. Benjamin Dengate (ACT) +18.705
21. Jackson Davis (WA) +20.660
41. Ben Hill (TAS) +29.864

Success and Heartbreak for Australian Olympic Duo at Mountain Bike World Championships

Bec Henderson (ACT) raced to an outstanding 15th place in the Elite Women’s Cross Country World Mountain Bike Championships, while her partner and season team-mate Dan McConnell (ACT) suffered the heartbreak of two flat tyres in the Men’s race.

Racing took place in Hafjell, Norway on day five of the 25th UCI Mountain Bike & Trials World Championships.

Elite Women Cross Country

In the Elite Women’s race, Henderson (ACT) and Peta Mullens (VIC) were Australia’s two representatives.

2014 Commonwealth Games bronze medallist and 2012 Olympian Henderson (ACT) moved up from the Under 23 ranks this year after a standout 2013 in which she won the Under 23 UCI World Cup Series.

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Today Henderson started from second row of the grid, and she consolidated a position in the early twenties for much of the first half of the race.

A steady start would prove to be a smart strategy with the tough Hafjell course taking a toll on riders over the 6 lap race.

On lap 4, Henderson cracked the top 20 for the first time since the start of the race, and from there she would power from strength to strength, picking up multiple places each lap.

She would ultimately finish in an excellent 15th place in her maiden Elite Women’s World Championship race, leaving the solid impression that the future of the sport for Australian Women is in sound hands.

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Teammate and Australian Cross Country Eliminator National Champion Peta Mullens finished in 61st place.

Catharine Pendrel of Canada won the World Championship title for her second time, completing an amazing 2014 that included a Commonwealth Games gold medal.

Second place went to ‘07 & ‘09 World Champion Irina Kalentieva (Russian Federation), with Lea Davison (USA) rounding out the Elite Women’s podium.

Elite Men Cross Country

In the Elite Men’s Championship race, Australia’s representatives were Dan McConnell (ACT) and 2013 Cross Country Eliminator World Champion Paul van der Ploeg.

McConnell, a dual Olympian, has excelled in the past two seasons, winning a round of the World Cup in 2013 and finishing on the podium for the UCI World Cup series in consecutive years.

Traditionally a slow race starter, McConnell today accelerated hard from the line to be in second place in early running and settled comfortably into the top 5 early on the second lap.

Unfortunately it would be all bad news from here for the Australian.

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He suffered a flat tyre towards the end of Lap 2, and despite excellent mechanical assistance in the technical zone he lost 6 places and 58s from the incident.

After restarting racing and settling into his new 11th position, the truly unthinkable occurred and McConnell had a second flat tyre towards the end of Lap 3.

He lost 34 places this time around and would withdraw from the race late on Lap 4.

This marks consecutive years of bad luck for McConnell – in 2013 he was injured pre-race in training and finished 42nd.

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Team mate van der Ploeg finished in 94th place.

On more than one occasion in 2014 McConnell has battled head-to-head with the two legends of the sport – Julien Absalon (France) and Nino Schurter (Switzerland).

Today they would own the World Championships race to themselves, and after a brutal battle  Absalon was victories, recording a record fifth World Championship win.

Schurter, himself a triple world champion, placed second after surviving a challenging crash just moments from the finish, and Marco Aurelio Fontana (Italy) placed third.

2014 Cross Country Mountain Bike World Championship Results

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Elite Women
1. Catharine Pendrel, (CAN)  1:31:30
2.  Irina Kalentieva,  (RUS)  +0:00:21
3. Lea Davison, (USA) +0:00:43

15. Rebecca Henderson (ACT) + 5:46
61. Peta Mullens – 2 Laps down

Elite Men
1. Julien Absalon (FRA) 1:27:06
2. Nino Schurter (SUI) +1:51
3. Marco Aurelio Fontana (ITA) +3:28

94. Paul van der Ploeg (VIC) – 4 Laps down
DNF Dan McConnell (ACT)

Downhill Timed Session

The 2014 World Championships culminate on Sunday with Downhill racing for Junior and Elite riders.

An official timed-session was held today for the Elite categories, and while results do not contribute to the start order for Sunday they do allow riders to gauge their performance level against the field and to tackle a clear track at race pace.

Six-time National Champion Tracey Hannah (QLD) is Australia’s sole Elite Female entrant, and she set the 7th-fastest time of the day despite crashing during her run.

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Troy Brosnan

In the men’s session, Troy Brosnan (SA) continued his outstanding 2014 form, placing 5th and setting the fastest Australian time.

Hot on Brosnan’s tail was triple Elite World Champion Sam Hill (WA), recording 6th place just a quarter of a second behind Brosnan.

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Connor Fearon
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Sam Hill

Bryn Atkinson (NSW) had a great run to finish 11th and Connor Fearon (SA) recorded 15th position.

Mick Hannah (QLD), Jack Moir (NSW) and Graeme Mudd (NSW) claim 23rd, 25th and 27th positions respectively.

2014 Downhill Official Timed Session –  Mountain Bike World Championship Results

Elite Women
1. Rachel Atherton (GBR) 3:53.538

7. Tracey Hannah (QLD)  +15.019

Elite Men
1. Greg Minnaar (RSA) 3:27.399

5. Troy Brosnan (SA) +2.222
6. Samuel Hill (WA) +2.500
11. Bryn Atkinson (NSW) +4.095
15. Connor Fearon (SA) +5.505
23. Michael Hannah (QLD) +7.849
25. Jack Moir (NSW) +8.379
27. Graeme Mudd (NSW) +8.666

 

Video: World Champs XC Course Preview with Claudio Caluori

Claudio’s quest to ride every discipline at the World Champs continues as he teams up with Multivan Merida Biking Team’s José Antonio Hermida to ride the Hafjell Cross-Country course.

On a course where stamina is important and the climbs are brutal, we were unsure whether Claudio would make it around the Norwegian track, never mind trying to race José Antonio on it.

At least Claudio’s heart and legs had a good workout, though we suspect we won’t be seeing him on a XC mountain bike anytime soon.

Australian Riders Shine on Day 4 of the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships

Day four of the 2014 UCI Mountain Bike & Trials World Championships in Hafjell, Norway, was a busy affair with the U23 Cross Country Olympic (XCO) races, Junior Downhill seeding and Observed Trials all taking place simultaneously.

Cross Country Olympic

Cameron Ivory (NSW) was the star Australian of the day, pushing hard in the second half of the U23 Men’s XCO to finish among the top 20 riders.

Ivory is the current Elite Men’s Subaru National Series Champion for Cross Country and Eliminator, as well as the reigning Australian U23 XCO Champion.

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Cam Ivory

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He put on a fantastic show in Hafjell, riding his way up from 37th at the end of the first lap to finish 18th in a field of 96 riders.

Also representing Australia in the U23 Men was Scott Bowden (TAS) who finished 40th, Chris Hamilton (VIC) who placed 49th and Ben Forbes who finished a lap down in 68th place.

In the U23 Women’s race, both Holly Harris (NSW) and Emily Parkes (NSW) had admirable rides in their first year in the age category.

Harris is the current Australian U23 Cross Country Champion and has a friendly rivalry with Parkes, with both often finishing races in neck and neck battles for position.

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Em Parkes
Holly Harris
Holly Harris
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Em Parkes

Today the Australians were affected by an early crash that blocked much of the field soon after the start.

In this battle of the teammates, Parkes would be victorious, riding well in the latter half of the race to work her way up to 27th place.

Harris finished one lap down from the winner in 42nd position.

Jolanda Neff from Switzerland completed an amazing 2014 adding the Under 23 Women’s Championship to her overall Elite Women’s World Cup Series title.

Australian Results – 2014 Cross Country Olympic World Championships

U23 Women
Emily Parkes (NSW) – 27th
Holly Harris (NSW) – 42nd

U23 Men
Cam Ivory (NSW) – 18th
Scott Bowden (TAS) – 40th
Chris Hamilton (VIC) – 49th
Ben Forbes (QLD) – 68th

Downhill

Andrew Crimmins (NSW) posted the fastest time of the Australian Junior Men in the downhill seeding.

Crimmins, who last year beat both Troy Brosnan (SA) and Mick Hannah (QLD) in an event at the Thredbo Cannonball festival, seeded 7th for the finals after completing the course in 3 minutes 42 seconds.

Fellow Australians Ben Hill (TAS) and Benjamin Dengate (ACT) are seeded 31st and 33rd respectively, while Matthew McCorkell (ACT) did not finish after an unfortunate crash early in the course.

In the Junior Women’s downhill, UCI Mountain Bike World Cup Series winner Tegan Molloy (NSW) claimed third seeding with a time of 4:33, 12 seconds behind leader Marine Cabirou from France.

Australian Results – 2014 Downhill World Championships

Junior Women
3. Tegan Molloy (NSW) +12.444

Junior Men
7. Andrew Crimmins (NSW) +9.885
13. Aiden Varley (VIC) +12.932
14. Max Warshawsky (QLD) +13.593
31. Ben Hill (TAS) +24.119
33. Benjamin Dengate (ACT) +25.303
47. Jackson Davis (WA) +31.451
DNF Matthew McCorkell (ACT)

Observed Trials

2013 Trials World Championship Bronze medallist Janine Jungfels (QLD) again starred for Australia in the Observed Trials event.

After a strong start today with a clean first section, Jungfels put in a consistent performance in each obstacle lap to finish just one step off the podium in 4th place.

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Janine Jungfels

Tatiana Janickova (Slovakia) successfully defended her title to again be the Women’s Observed Trials World Champion.

Our men’s Trials team were in action yesterday in the 26” category.

Both riders finished at the semi-final stage after displaying some impressive skills, with Nathan Mummery (VIC) in 21st place and Lachlan Sens (VIC) 30th.

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Janine Jungfels, fourth in the world!

Australian Results – 2014 Observed Trials World Championships

Women Elite 
4. Janine Jungfels (QLD)

Men Elite 26″ 
21. Nathan Mummery (VIC)
30. Lachlan Sens (VIC)

 

World Champs Course Preview, With Claudio and Brendan Fairclough

Our tamed test pilot, Claudio Caluori, has pretty much had it all his own way this season. His companion riders on the GoPro course previews have either bitten the dust or eaten his… So, with the World Champs looming, we decided to up the stakes a little.

We invited his own Gstaad Scott rider, Brendan Fairclough, along to join him. Would Claudio be able to beat him down the Hafjell course or would flat pedals and whips prevail?!

Also, keep your eyes pealed for a spot of celebrity nudity on the side of the track…

Flow’s Freshies: Five New Products We’re Using

Maxxis Ardent-8

Maxxis Ardent Race 29 x 2.2″ 3C/EXO/TR

This latest offering from Maxxis is a winner for those technical XC courses or just general trail riding. The Ardent Race kind of blends the best bits of the regular Ardent and the Ikon, it features closely spaced centre knobs for great rolling capability paired with angled and slightly pronounced side knobs. The 29×2.2 version of these tyres come in at 720 grams each featuring Tubeless Ready compatibility, EXO casing and Maxxis’ 3C compound. We recently ran the Ardent Race tyres for the four days of the Port to Port MTB stage race and they were absolutely flawless. Highly recommended rubber.

More here.

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Giant/Source Cascade 1 hydration pack:

Giant’s ever-expanding range of parts, accessories and soft-goods now includes hydration packs, and the Cascade 1 is their short-to-medium endeavour offering. It’s very lightweight and the two-litre BPA free bladder is manufactured by Source. Storage capacity is three litres, which is fine for your average outing, and we really like the addition of the elasticised cord on the outside, perfect for hooking your jacket into. Definitely worth a look if your current pack is developing its own bacterial ecosystem and beginning to smell like an unwashed pet!

More here.

Flow Fresh Product 1

Finish Line E-Shift Cleaner:

With the advent of electronic shifting in the mountain bike world, electronic groupsets are set to get a workout in the coming years as riders push them to levels of stress that never occur riding on the road. Finish Line have developed a degreaser specifically for keeping these electronic groupsets in tip-top shape, which they claim is more sensitive on important components of an electronic groupset such as wires and specifically manufactured derailleurs. We think this a great idea, especially considering the price tag on an electronically equipped mountain bike will probably force you to either rob a bank or re-mortgage your home.

More here. 

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MET Parabellum helmet:

We’ve featured the MET Parabellum helmet before, but one of our testers found the helmet very constricting, with the retention system cramming some parts of the head uncomfortably tight. Thankfully, for the latest model MET have revised the retention system, consequently making the helmet “distribute pressure in a more homogenous way”. Fancy thesaurus language aside, the new fit is much more comfortable, and the helmet has a swathe of other features that make it an alluring option for trail/all-mountain riders.

More here.

Flow Fresh Product 3

Clif Bar Shot Bloks:

Not a fan of really chewy bars or runny gels? Clif Bar Shot Bloks might be for you. Shot Bloks aren’t really a bar or gel, and are best described as a mixture of the two. These on-the-go trail tasties are chewy, yet easily digestible in a short space of time. Packing 100 calories (equivalent to half an average gel) and an ingredients list that’s 95% organic, having a Shot Blok right before that killer climb is going to be a decision you won’t regret. Coming in eight flavours with exotic tastes like ‘margarita’ and ‘cran razz’, even the fussiest eater should find something to their taste.

More here.

VIDEO: The story of Red Bull Joyride 2014

The Red Bull Joyride at Crankworx Whistler is the pinnacle of freeride mountain biking. Unlike the world’s other big slopestyle contests, Joyride embodies so much more and transcends into the focal point of global mountain biking.

Heading into the 2014 event, the rider who has really made the event his own, Brandon Semenuk, was staring down the barrel of perhaps the biggest ever threat to his monopoly of the spoils. Brett Rheeder had already defeated him at the X Games and was having the season of his life.

Rheeder’s run at Red Bull Joyride was nothing short of incredible and in any other contest would surely have secured victory. But there was no accounting for his Trek teammate, Semenuk…

Results
1. Brandon Semenuk
2. Brett Rheeder
3. Anthony Messere
4. Logan Peat
5. Louis Reboul

 

Video: Canberra Downhill Pinner, Tim Eaton

Jake Lucas came up for the weekend and we filmed a few of my favourite old and new local tracks that I grew up riding.
They are all push runs so it was a big weekend of pushing up and down. First up was Majura, on some old tracks that have been around since I began riding all those years ago. There was a log drop with a gully after it, I’ve always wanted to jump into the gully (its a big gap with little room for error!) but there was no way you could clear the whole thing.  So half way through the shoot we decided to build up the size of the jump with a few logs on top and got it ready.
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I hit it a few times trying to make it but in the end i came very close to clearing it but my body was done for the day so decided to pack it up. Sunday we went out to Isaacs where I grew up, the tracks up there are the best around, steep rocky and fast with a couple big road gaps. 
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I’m in the middle of the NSW state series at the moment, and I am looking forward to the rest of that, and planning on doing the VIC series and National Series. I am planning a sneaky trip over to Rotorura beginning of November for a week on the trail bike. 
I’m currently riding the 2014 Giant Glory 0, but hanging out for the 27.5 Glory to come in soon!
Cheers, Tim.
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Video: Shaun Palmer is Back

Shaun Palmer and Intense Cycles join forces once again, but this time his role isn’t focussed on his wild presence on the race track, rather hand picking and mentoring new and upcoming downhill racers.

With a new downhill bike from Intense due soon and a deep talent pool to choose from, Shaun’s expertise is sure to put Intense back up the top of the international racing scene.

 

Video: Thredbo in all Seasons

What does the Thredbo Cannonball DH track look like at this time of the year? This slickly edited piece of work shows you how the Thredbo hillside transforms from summer to winter.

The Thredbo mountain bike season kicks off in early December, and the seriously awesome Cannonball Festival will be back again. Check out some of the action from last year’s festival here!

Shuttle Rewind: A Kuranda Retrospective


“Shuttle Rewind” is a retrospective look at downhill mountain bike culture in Tropical North Queensland, in particular the Kuranda Downhill Track.

Generations of riders have cut their teeth on the track, including Michael Hannah who set the long standing record for the most runs in one day (70) and went on to becoming a world class downhill competitor. The story follows Ryhlee Herd, an indigenous teen who has grown up in Kuranda and from the age of 12 started riding the Kuranda Downhill track. Rhylee makes a special pilgrimage along the paths of his ancestors through traditional Djuabugandji land where he meets Ben Bramham, who was an instrumental figure in shaping downhill mountain biking in Cairns and the world when they re-opened the Kuranda Track in the late 80’s and started racing on the track in 1991.

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Shuttle Rewind pays homage to the traditional owners of the land as well the pioneers of mountain biking and the many waves of riders who have ridden the track for the last 2 Decades. The boom box painting and reference through the film pays respects to the crew who created the legendary Mudcows series, planting the Cairns downhill mountain culture into the psyche of riders around the world.

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A word from the director, Landon Stroud

“As a born and bred cairns local who grew up riding the Kuranda Downhill track, I relished the opportunity to make this film as it is very close to my heart.

The Kuranda Downhill track has spawned hundreds, even thousands of stories from riders all around the world. This film represents just a few of these stories.

The history and culture of downhill mountain biking in Cairns needs to be documented and preserved and looking forward we need to make sure generations to come have the chance to make their own stories on the Kuranda Downhill track.

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After curating the Cairns Adventure Film Festival, and judging the entries, the films which stood out the most and which tended to get people talking were the films with emotive story lines.

I truly believe that if we want to sell Cairns and the Tropical North Queensland as a downhill mountain bike destination we need to focus on the rich culture (scene) we have. I think that telling great stories will pique the interest in riders from around the world ad be more likely an influential factor in their decision as to where their next MTB destination trio will take them.

The locations, cane fields, old can barracks, barron river, Kuranda Rail, Barron Gorge have all been carefully chosen to truly give the film a heritage value and genuine Queenslander aesthetic. By choosing such iconic locations, we have tried to subtly promote the regions natural assets. Shuttle Rewind represents everyone who has been a part of this culture in Cairns for the last 25 years.”

To check out more about the journey and for all the behind-the-scenes action, head to www.ridecairns.com/shuttlerewind

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